Poster

Mickey's Pal Pluto

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 18, 1933

Running Time : 7:36

Synopsis

Pluto rescues some kittens, but when Mickey and Minnie seem to treat them well at his own expense, his evil side (shown as a devil dog) convinces him to start a rivalry with the kits.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pluto

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Norm Ferguson

DVD

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2
Germany
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 27: Meow! The Disney Cats
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 23
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 20, 1956

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : At the end of the cartoon, when the cats fall into a well, Pluto and his angel-self rescue them. A nicely-done short - makes me feel sorry for Pluto when Mickey and Minnie ignore him while playing with the kittens and blame him for the mischief the kittens get into. I enjoy the Jimmy Durante "tribute" at the end, where the angelic Pluto goes, "A cha-cha-cha," one of several Durante tributes throughout early Mickey cartoons.
From Ryan : When I saw this short, I really felt sorry for Pluto. Once he rescued the kittens from drowning (actually the water had floating ice on it so the kittens would've been more likely to die of hypothermia), Minnie and Mickey paid more attention to them than to him. This, in my opinion, was a lot better than its remake in 1941. Pretty cute short if I do say so myself.
From Bill I. : When I first saw this short, I was very surprised that Mickey and Minnie ignored Pluto after he finds the kittens in the river. This short was important because it showed the bonds and love that Mickey has for his dog. This was not a typical "action" Mickey, but had some good sight gags, like the kittens sucking the milk from Mickey's glove when he spilled the bottle. There was also clever use of the good and evil Plutos for his conscience . Poor Pluto was blamed for the mess the kittens caused, and even after Mickey puts him outside and his evil Pluto tells him not to save the kittens in the well, Pluto does anyway. And when Pluto gets trapped in the well, The look on Mickey's face says it all as he runs to save his pal Pluto! A great short.
From Richard Sutor, Ph. D. : This cartoon telegraphs the idea that the character of Pluto is being tested for possible stardom using a great story idea which appears in several future cartoons. Curiously the director of this cartoon Burt Gillett eventually left Disney to revitalize the output of the Van Beuren studio. In June of 1936 his Van Beuren Rainbow Classic cartoon featured a similar plot line but with an all human cast.

Referenced Comments